Definition of posture
1a : the position or bearing of the body whether characteristic or assumed for a special purpose erect postureb : the pose of a model or artistic figure
2 : state or condition at a given time especially with respect to capability in particular circumstances maintain a competitive posture in the market
3 : a conscious mental or outward behavioral attitude
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Examples of posture in a Sentence
Human beings have an upright posture.
a good upright posture will prevent backaches
Origin and Etymology of posture
Middle French, from Italian postura, from Latin positura, from positus, past participle of ponere to place — more at position
First Known Use: circa 1586
First Known Use of posture
POSTURE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of posture for English Language Learners
: the way in which your body is positioned when you are sitting or standing
: the attitude a person or group has toward a subject
POSTURE Defined for Kids
Definition of posture for Students
: the way in which the body is positioned when sitting or standing : the general way of holding the body an upright posture a humble posture
Word Root of posture
The Latin word ponere, meaning “to place” or “to put,” and its form positus give us the roots pon and pos. Words from the Latin ponere have something to do with putting. A position is the location or way in which something has been placed. To expose is to put out in the open. To postpone is to put off until a later time. Posture is the way a body has been placed.
Medical Definition of posture
1: the position or bearing of the body whether characteristic or assumed for a special purpose erect posture
2: a conscious mental or outward behavioral attitude
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